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Applying for a Fellowship

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Eligibility

Fellowship candidates must have completed an accredited Radiology training program and be:

  • Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Diagnostic Imaging or
  • American Board of Radiology certified/eligible or
  • Certified with equivalent qualifications and
  • Proficient in both written and spoken English.

Proof of these qualifications must be provided by all applicants.

Getting an Application

You may download the application form.  When putting together your application please make sure to include a CV and letter (details below) and make arrangements for referees to send letters under separate cover.

If you cannot download the application you may request one by e-mail (don't forget to include your complete mailing address) or contact the Fellowship Program at the address and telephone number below. Please note that applications for Pediatric Radiology Fellowships must be made directly to The Hospital for Sick Children.

Fellowship Program
Department of Medical Imaging
University of Toronto
263 McCaul Street - 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W7
Canada
Phone: (416) 978-0514
Fax: (416) 978-6915

Curriculum Vitae & Candidate’s Letter

Include an up to date copy of your curriculum vitae with your application as well as a letter which contains any additional information you feel will be of use in the fellowship selection process.

References

Please have each of three referees send letters of reference directly to:

Dr. Sean Symons
Department of Medical Imaging
University of Toronto
263 McCaul Street - 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W7
Canada
Phone: (416) 978-0514
Fax: (416) 978-6915

An application is not complete until three letters of reference have been received under separate cover by the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging administrative office. Do not send letters to the Fellowship Program Director’s hospital address. If pressed for time, letters of reference may be sent by fax to (416) 978-6915 but you must ensure that your referees follow their fax by mailing the signed originals. Reference letters must not accompany your application, and they must not be sent by e-mail. One of your referees should be your Radiology Residency Program Director.

Note: it is the applicant’s responsibly to ensure that all reference letters are received by the Department of Medical Imaging administrative office. Referees will not be contacted by the Department for the purpose of requesting these letters.

Interviews

Applications will be reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee as soon as they are complete (application form, candidate’s letter, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant documents, three letters of reference). This review process takes a minimum of three weeks from the time the last reference letter is received. Once applications have been considered by the Committee, candidates will be contacted by the program. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview.

Deadlines

2015-16 academic year
Still accepting applications for Abdominal, Breast and Cardiac Imaging fellowships (MSH-UHN-WCH only). NOTE: We will only contact applicants selected for interviews.

2016-17 academic year
Applications will be accepted starting May 9, 2014. The deadline for all applications is August 29, 2014.

Applications received after the deadline will be held until after the first round of acceptances in December. These applications will be considered for any positions that may remain open at that time.

Sites

Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Imaging fellows rotate through more than one site. All others spend the duration of the fellowship at a single site. Four sites participate in the Medical Imaging Fellowship Program:

  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • The Joint Department of Medical Imaging of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network (MSH-UHN; these four hospitals share one Department of Medical Imaging housed in four separate locations: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital)

After interviews and tours of all departments, applicants to Abdominal Imaging, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and Women's Imaging fellowships should indicate their site preferences by sending a ranked list to Ms. Amy Shea, Fellowship Program Administrative Assistant. It will be assumed that candidates not providing rankings have no site preferences. This information will be used during the final selection process, at which time a match will be performed.

Certification

All Clinical Fellows, regardless of country of origin, must possess a valid Certificate of Registration authorising Postgraduate Education, which is also known as an educational license. This is a license to practice medicine in a supervised setting, and it is issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

All Clinical Fellows must also carry malpractice insurance which is issued by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA).

Research Fellows do not require educational licenses or CMPA coverage.

International Medical Graduates

In order to work in an Ontario teaching hospital, fellows must obtain an educational licence, which is also known as a Certificate authorising Postgraduate Education. This licence is issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), and is required before fellows can be involved in any type of patient care. The CPSO will issue educational licences for training periods of up to 36 months duration.

All international medical graduates (IMGs) are required to undergo a Pre-entry Assessment Program (PEAP), during which time they are given a restricted licence to practice medicine. The PEAP is an assessment process that evaluates IMGs to determine whether they can function at the appointed level of training (fellow). It is normally 4 weeks in duration, but can be extended by the Program Director up to a maximum of 12 weeks if necessary. Assessors are to ensure that candidates are: mentally competent to practice medicine; able to practice with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law; have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in postgraduate medical training as authorized by the educational license; can communicate effectively, and display an appropriate professional attitude. Once the PEAP is successfully completed, the PEAP licence is converted to a full, unrestricted educational licence.

The PEAP is carried out as part of the fellowship; it does not extend the fellowship training period in any way.